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Davenant Foundation School summer concert


Musicians past and present from Davenant Foundation School performed to audiences of more than 400 people at a 60s theme night summer concert celebrating Davenant’s move from Whitechapel to Loughton in 1966.

The concert displayed the many choirs such as junior girls’ choir, senior girls’ choir and school choir to instrumentals from swing band, band, orchestra, electric guitarists and brass ensemble.

The Performing Arts Department is vital to maintaining the school’s long musical background; the school choir was formed over 40 years ago.

With more than 450 students at the school receiving instrumental or dance tuition on a weekly basis concerts are conducted in the highest standard.

Videos of 1960s lifestyle were shown between performances adding to the atmosphere of a 60s theme.

Holidays, sport, education and music were displayed.

One of the Beatles most famous and influential songs, Hey Jude, was played by the brass ensemble, a mixture of brass instruments such as the tuba, saxophone and trumpet while the Pink Panther, by the Swing Band, allowed some childhood memories to return for some of the audience.

More subtle tunes such as Hummel’s Theme and Variations for Oboe and Orchestra allowed individual skills to flourish.

Year 11 oboist Hannah Huff, who completed her grade 8 on the instrument at the end of Year 10, was among the star performers while James Brown's (I Got You) I Feel Good set an excitable tone to the night as six electric guitarists performed their quicker, and certainly louder version, of the classic song.

Over six hours of rehearsal were given to each act last week in preparation of the concert.

The night of entertainment ended with California Dreaming by the school choir, past and present, led by Head of Performing Arts Asha Bishop.​



LifeWorks Creative Arts Centre and Loughton Methodist Church are hosting a unique

Community event next month.  The Creative Loughton Festival, funding by Loughton Town Council, is free and runs from Tuesday 25th until Sunday 30th August.

The Festival gives an opportunity for everyone to get involved with creative arts in exciting and fun ways and, at the same time, experience the best of Loughton’s local talent. Every day there will be different workshops run by local professionals with something for all ages. Workshops include drawing, photography, baking and a session on West End Stars for ages 6-12.

Interactive art projects will be happening in Loughton High Road from Tuesday to Friday, including a dress-up photo booth, a community chalk mural and a hanging fabric project. An art exhibition “The Spirit of Loughton” will be held in the LifeWorks building which is situated behind Loughton Methodist Church. Performances by local musicians will celebrate the opening of the art exhibit on the evening of Tuesday 25th August. 

Loughton Youth Project is running an Urban Arts themed programme with dance and rap workshops. There will also be a classical music performance for parents and toddlers.  Every evening there will be performances by local acts including Big Mouse Tree House, Buster’s Band, and the Red Balloon Family.

A Fun Fair comes to town on Saturday 29th at Loughton Methodist Church with a BBQ, family activities, arts workshops, stalls, and bouncy castles.  Also a roadshow run by LYP Radio featuring the very best of local talent.

To wrap up this exciting arts week the whole community is invited to a celebration service at Loughton Methodist Church On Sunday 30th August at 10.30am. 

For more information on the festival, including updates, the line-up, booking tickets, dates and times, go to, Like Creative Loughton on Facebook or follow us on twitter (@CreativeFest15). All events are free. 

Jam Jar Army sponsor helps spread the word

St Clare Hospice is hoping its latest community fundraising initiative will be a sweet success thanks to the support of The English Cream Tea Company.

Our Jam Jar Army has been backed by the company’s founder and self-styled ‘chief scone gnome’ Jane Malyon, who has already been spreading the word about our campaign.

St Clare community fundraiser James Barber said: “Just like jam and scones, we think this is the perfect partnership and we are incredibly grateful for Jane’s enthusiasm and support. It’s also a great example of how a local business can support the work of their Hospice by helping us raise the vital income we need to generate each and every year to continue providing our specialist care to local people with a life-limiting illness and their families.”

Jane founded The English Cream Tea Company, based in White Roding, in 2011, delivering afternoon tea hampers and other postable treats direct to your door.

She said: “There are two aspects that immediately drew our hearts to St Clare’s Jam Jar Army. Firstly, we had a close relative who spent some time in the Hospice’s care and it was very special indeed. Secondly, we’ve launched our own range of delicious preserves (in jam jars, of course) so there’s an obvious connection there.

“And although we send our products all over the UK, The English Cream Tea Company is based just a few miles from the Hospice and it’s a delight to be involved with a local charity which offers such an important service. When approached I had no hesitation in saying ‘Yes, I’m in!’ and I now feel I’m a sort of honorary head of the Jam Jar Army, and that makes me smile.”

The Jam Jar Army is St Clare’s simplest fundraising initiative yet, and is ideal for schools, youth groups, businesses or your kitchen windowsill at home. All you need is an empty jam jar or container to fill with your loose change.

To get your Jam Jar Army label, contact the St Clare fundraising team on or 01279 773750.

Hereward Primary School holds Key Stage 2 Sports Day

Hereward Primary School has held its Key Stage 2 Sports' Day to decide who would win the Summer Cup.

The day was held in bright sunshine with all children in Years 3-6 divided into the school teams of Kingfishers, Goldfinches, Woodpeckers and Robins.

After an exciting afternoon of events it was the Robins who won the cup.

Physical Education co-ordinator Liz Ladlow said: "It was lovely to see so many smiling children all having fun, enjoying competition and getting fit."


Local yoga teacher runs 100 prize give away

Local yoga teacher Amy Bramble is celebrating the success of her yoga blog and classes by running a 100 prize give away this summer as a thank you to everyone who attends her sessions.  She has managed to secure an incredible selection of prizes including several items of luxury, organic yoga clothing for men and women, natural beauty products, snacks, teas, treatments from local massage therapists and a beautician, scented candles and lots more.

From Monday 20th July through to Saturday 29th August, any adult who attends one of her classes (there are 10 per week) will receive an entry ticket to the prize draw and prize draw party on Friday 4th September at Epping Golf Club.  Everyone is free to attend and enter as many times as they like and with 100 prizes on offer, the chances of taking one home are pretty high.

Amy will also be collecting on behalf of St Clare Hospice throughout the evening.  Amy says, “I’ve been so fortunate to have such incredible support since I began teaching in Epping 3 years ago and I wanted to offer a big thank all those people who’ve been a part of it.  I also love organising events and get-togethers and this was a great chance to arrange a fun night out for all my students.  I’ve been fortunate enough to arrange some incredible prizes from some very generous yoga companies and other organisations and I’m hoping that the fun spirit of the evening will mean people are more than happy to dig into their pockets and donate to our wonderful local hospice at the same time”.